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Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. The Department, part of the Earth Sciences Program that includes the collocated Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and climate earth sciences.

The department's research strengths are reinforced by strong collaborations leading to joint research topics with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland Departments of the Environment and of Natural Resources, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction of the National Weather Service, the NOAA Satellite and Air Research Laboratories, all of which are located near the campus.

James Carton, Professor and Chairman

Faculty Spotlight
Ross Salawitch and team publish “Paris Climate Agreement: Beacon of Hope” illustrating optimistic climate future
Drawing momentum from the historic Paris Climate Treaty Agreement that took place in December 2015, Dr. Ross Salawitch and AOSC colleagues Dr. Tim Canty, Brian Bennett, Walt Tribett and Austin Hope recently published, “Paris Climate Agreement: Beacon of Hope,” a book which analyzes the greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions necessary to limit global warming to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius. “Paris Climate Agreement: Beacon of Hope,” illustrates this rise in global mean surface temperature is attainable as long as intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) of emissions are adhered to and propagated forward to the year 2060. The authors show that the Paris goals are possible through their development of a global climate model (EM-GC), which concluded GHGs must only follow the Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP)-4.5 for the target warming to occur. This pathway is more optimistic and realistically attainable than what previous global climate models (GCMS) had prescribed countries must follow. The book concluded that current GCMS likely represented climate feedback in a manner that amplified the radiative forcing due to GHGs too strongly. Still, to achieve RCP 4.5 half of the world’s global energy must come from renewable sources by the year 2060. “This will require a large-scale transfer of technology and capital from the developed to the developing world,” said Salawitch.

Video Announcement
Paris Beacon of Hope
Posted on May 10, 2017
AOSC student Kelsey Malloy named UMD undergraduate researcher of the year

AOSC Senior Kelsey Malloy has been named a 2017 University of Maryland Undergraduate Researcher of the Year for her work on improving forecasts of rapid cyclogenesis and hurricane force-wind events. For the past two year, Kelsey has been working with a team of researchers at the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center, led by Dr. Michael Folmer and Lt. Joseph Phillips, to use the latest data from the Himawari-8 satellite combined with analysis techniques developed for use with the GOES-16 satellite. Kelsey's work will be used be used by forecasters to improve the safety of mariners at sea.

This has been a great year for Kelsey as earlier this year, she became a Phillip Merrill Presidential Scholar. This fall, Kelsey will enroll in the University of Miami's PhD. program working on climate variability and subseasonal to seasonal predictions with Dr. Ben Kirtman.

Posted on April 14, 2017
New BS/MS Combined Program in AOSC

UMD has just approved our new BS/MS Combined Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. This program will be available beginning Fall 2017. More details will be posted soon.

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